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Definition of Facile


  1. Easy to be done or performed: not difficult; performable or attainable with little labor.
  2. Easy to be surmounted or removed; easily conquerable; readily mastered.
  3. Easy of access or converse; mild; courteous; not haughty, austere, or distant; affable; complaisant.
  4. Easily persuaded to good or bad; yielding; ductile to a fault; pliant; flexible.
  5. Ready; quick; expert; as, he is facile in expedients; he wields a facile pen.

Facile Quotations

Art has a double visage: it looks before and after. Romance is its forward-looking face. The germ of growth is in romanticism. Formalism, on the other hand, consolidates tradition; gleans what has been gained and makes it facile to the hand or the mind; economizes the energy of genius.
George Edward Woodberry

Death comes at you no matter what you do in this life, and to equate drugs with death is a facile comparison.
Jerry Garcia

Sometimes there is a greater lack of communication in facile talking than in silence.
Faith Baldwin

All the religious wars that have caused blood to be shed for centuries arise from passionate feelings and facile counter-positions, such as Us and Them, good and bad, white and black.
Umberto Eco

As a species, we're addicted to the facile discrimination involved in saying that something or phenomenon is either 'this' or 'that' - how much more uncomfortable that it may well be 'the other'.
Will Self
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Facile Translations

facile in Afrikaans is maklik
facile in Danish is let, nem
facile in Dutch is gemakkelijk, vlot, makkelijk, licht
facile in Finnish is helppo
facile in French is facile
facile in German is leicht, einfach, einfach
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